This is the essence of Northern California, from fine wine and freshly caught seafood to vibrant cities and nature on an epic scale. Discover Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf and Sacramento's Old Town. Witness the stunning views along 17 Mile Drive. Meet a local farmer and taste his farm's produce. Marvel at the unspoiled beauty of Yosemite National Park. Glide on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe on a paddle wheeler. Sip local wines in Napa Valley and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch. Embrace the laid-back life of the Golden State.

Our prices start from

$ 2,499 LAND ONLY

8 Days • GUIDED • 12 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Monterey, California - Tour Begins

Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

From the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean to Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe to Napa Valley, the scenery, history, and culture of Northern California is unparalleled. Your tour opens in Monterey, a seaside city with a rich history and gorgeous scenery.

Day 2 - Monterey

Marvel at the views along scenic 17-Mile Drive from Monterey to Carmel.

Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

Breakfast, Dinner Included

The morning is yours to relax or explore this charming city independently. Perhaps you'll visit the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium or walk along Monterey's Path of History – a self-guided tour of the city's historic landmarks. This afternoon, the scenery of your dreams comes alive as you travel along the famed 17-Mile Drive to Carmel. See the Lone Cypress Tree, Seal Rock, and prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course before relaxing over dinner at a local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3 - Monterey – Oakdale – Tuolumne (Yosemite)

Meet a local farmer in the Central Valley and sample some of their farm's produce.

The Hotel at Black Oak Casino Resort (Yosemite), Tuolumne, CA

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Travel east through California's Central Valley and along the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Stop in Oakdale, where almond and walnut orchards dot the landscape. Meet up with a local farmer, who will show you around town and bring you to his small farm where you'll enjoy a taste of Central California. Continue on to historic Tuolumne, a gateway to Yosemite National Park and your home for the next two nights. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 4 - Tuolumne – Yosemite National Park - Tuolumne

Take a tram tour through awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park.

The Hotel at Black Oak Casino Resort (Yosemite), Tuolumne, CA

Breakfast Included

Towering sequoias to soaring granite peaks, Yosemite will leave you in awe. Enjoy a scenic drive to the gates of the national park, where you'll travel by tram through Yosemite's unrivaled landscapes with an expert guide. Natural wonders abound as you stand before granite giants like Half Dome and El Capitan, and take in breathtaking vistas at Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5 - Tuolumne - Sacramento

Choose from a "menu" of Sacramento's great restaurants with Diner's Choice.

Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, CA

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Arrive in Sacramento, enjoying time on your own for lunch in Old Sacramento – a historic Gold Rush-era neighborhood filled with over 60 restored buildings, wooden sidewalks, and antique gas lamps. Then, it's your choice! Visit the California State Railroad Museum and explore the detailed exhibits with a guide -OR- peruse a collection of Californian art and European master drawings on a guided tour of the Crocker Art Museum. Personalize your dinner experience with Diner's Choice, deciding where you want to eat from an included "menu" of Sacramento's great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - Sacramento - Lake Tahoe - Sacramento

Enjoy a scenic cruise from Zephyr Cove to the green and blue waters of Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe.

Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, CA

Breakfast Included

Travel over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the resort town of Lake Tahoe. Board a traditional paddle wheeler boat for a cruise of Lake Tahoe's pristine waters. Discover the history of the area and explore the enclosed and open-air decks for ideal places to snap photos of the dynamic landscape and breathe in the fresh air. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7 - Sacramento – Napa Valley – San Francisco

Sample local vintages during a winery tour and tasting in Napa Valley.

Hotel RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA

Breakfast, Lunch Included

The iconic rolling vineyards of Napa Valley welcome you today. Tour the grounds of a historic winery while learning about the wine-making process before enjoying a private tasting and a delicious farewell lunch. Raise a glass of locally produced wine and toast to your California adventure. Tonight, enjoy an evening to explore San Francisco as you please. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 8 - San Francisco - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories. Today breakfast will be included.

Itinerary featured is for May 2022 - April 2023 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used. Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 16, 2022 travel date. Single supplement from $750.

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